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Ukraine Inaugurates Giant Dome over Destroyed Chernobyl Reactor

Infra News - Published on Tue, 16 Jul 2019

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AFP reported that Ukraine and its European partners formally inaugurated a new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant, wrapping up a two-decade effort. Branded as the world’s largest movable metal structure, the so-called New Safe Confinement seals the remains of the fourth reactor at the nuclear plant that was the site of the massive Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The EUR 1.5 billion structure was paid for via a special fund launched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and sponsored by 45 countries. Its gigantic 108-meter-high dome could cover the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and weighs 36,000 tonnes.

Ukrainian President Mr Volodymyr Zelensky said at the ceremony that “Today we get the keys to the construction that was created by joint efforts of dozens of countries to protect the entire planet and humanity from radioactive contamination. Until this moment” Chernobyl used to be a negative part of Ukraine’s brand, but “it’s time to turn our problem into our advantage.”

The EBRD said that the structure is strong enough to withstand a tornado and is built to last a century. The dome was put into place in 2016 and completely covers a hastily-built confinement which was erected immediately after the disaster struck.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 16 Jul 2019
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